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The Founding Foodies

How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine

Published: November 2010
SKU: 9781402217869

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Who Were the Original Foodies?

Beyond their legacy as revolutionaries and politicians, the Founding Fathers of America were first and foremost a group of farmers. Passionate about the land and the bounty it produced, their love of food and the art of eating created what would ultimately become America’s diverse food culture.

Like many of today’s foodies, the Founding Fathers were ardent supporters of sustainable farming and ranching, exotic imported foods, brewing, distilling, and wine appreciation. Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin penned original recipes, encouraged local production of beer and wine, and shared their delight in food with friends and fellow politicians.

In The Founding Foodies, food writer Dave DeWitt entertainingly describes how some of America’s most famous colonial leaders not only established America’s political destiny, but also revolutionized the very foods we eat.

Features over thirty authentic colonial recipes, including:

  • Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream
  • A recipe for beer by George Washington
  • Martha Washington’s fruitcake
  • Medford rum punch
  • Terrapin soup

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Case Count: 12
"Part cookbook, part formative examination, The Founding Foodies importantly shows the origins of the American food lover. Far from a contemporary creature, the foodie helped to make America: the products of his tastes, his wars, and his imports all appear in force in today's American diet. DeWitt delivers a book that teaches new foodies about their roots, and shows American history buffs a new portion of our nation's first hundreds of years." — ForeWord Reviews" — ForeWord
"This book will be of interest to educators, culinary historians, American history enthusiasts, and foodies everywhere." — Gastronomica
"A lively and erudite look into the culinary proclivities of the dudes on our money... The author's snappy recollections help foster the realization that food carried immense importance to the nation shapers, whether our forebears were simply sitting down to enjoy a meal or laying the groundwork for how we eat today." —-Philadelphia City Paper" — Philadelphia City Paper
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